Out of all the projects that Antoni Gaudí built in Barcelona, Park Güell stands out as one of those special and unique places in the city. A landmark on its own, it’s part of the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site and as soon you pass the entrance, you notice right away that this isn’t an ordinary park.
The best of Gaudí Park
- The Terrace, a dirt floor square which crowns the main entrance to the park, featuring a serpentine seating bench all covered in trencadís.
- Below the main terrace, there is Hypostyle Room, an intriguing place filled with Doric columns and beautiful ceiling mosaics.
- The Gaudí House Museum. Former residence of the architect and his family, it is now a museum displaying the original furniture and other items designed by Gaudí.
- Two fairy-tale like pavillions adjacent to the entrance, originally planned to be the house for the janitor and the other for administration and conciergerie office.
- But the biggest celebrity in the park is the Dragon; the beautiful sculpture and fountain, is probably the most photographed element in all Park Güell.
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Park Guell History
Park Güell is surrounded by residential buildings on the hill of El Carmel in the Gràcia District. Curiously enough, it wasn’t originally intented to be a park, but rather a project for luxurious homes.
The site in 1900 was just a rocky hill with nothing but vegetation around, in the vecinity of some isolated upper class country houses. The intention was to take advantage of the breathtaking views of Barcelona and the clean fresh air, away from the factories, in order to build a top of the line housing complex.
The result is one of the most fascinating works by Gaudí, something that looks more like a theme park at times than a regular one, then again, his work was never on the conventional side. In Park Güell there are plenty of paths and vegetation to enjoy, but the architectural estructures are the glue that holds the whole place together.
View of Barcelona from Park Guell
Park Güell Tickets
Entrance to Park Güell used to be free, but as of October 2013 an entry fee is required. You can have direct access to the park without waiting or queues. Buy Park Güell Tickets Here
Park Güell Hours
- October 25th to March 28th, from 8:30 to 18:15 (last entry until 17:30)
- March 29th to May 3rd, from 8:00 to 20:00 (last entry until 19:30)
- May 4th to September 6th, from 8:00 to 21:30 (last entry until 21:00)
- September 7th 4th to October 24th, from 8:00 to 20:00 (last entry until 19:30)
How to get to Park Güell
Buses: #24, #92 or the Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Bus.
Metro: Line 3. Vallcarca Station. Going by metro is not the best choice, there’s a 20-25 minute walk from the nearest station of Vallcarca.
Carrer D’Olot s/n, Barcelona
Park Güell Map
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